What is Infant Mental Health?

If you’re like most people, when you hear the term “infant mental health,” you’re not really sure exactly what that means. Infant mental health actually refers to the period of time from conception to age 5. Infant mental health is synonymous with healthy social-emotional development. Healthy social-emotional development occurs when a child has competencies in […]

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Building Resilient Kids By Building Strong Relationships

Everyone is resilient. We often talk of resilience as a characteristic that an individual either has or does not have. “She’ll be ok; she’s resilient” or “I’m worried about him; he’s just not that resilient.” However, the truth is that resilience exists on a continuum, with every person possessing varying degrees of resilience in various […]

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Teaching Belly Breathing for Emotional Regulation

As humans, when we are in a highly emotional state such as anger or sadness, the emotional part of our brain, made up of the brain stem and limbic system, takes over. When this happens, our rational brain, or prefrontal cortex, disengages temporarily. This is what makes it so difficult to rationalize with someone who […]

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The Impact of Toxic Stress on Brain Development

One way that traumatic experiences can negatively effect brain development is through the accumulation of toxic stress. Stress is a normal, necessary part of life and can be a positive factor in helping children develop the skills they need to cope with challenging situations throughout life. Stress stops being a positive thing when it becomes […]

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